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Quotations for Cancer Patients,
Survivors, and Loved Ones


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If children have the ability to ignore all odds and percentages, then maybe we can all learn from them. When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or fight like hell. ~Lance Armstrong


Cancer is a word, not a sentence. ~John Diamond


My cancer scare changed my life. I'm grateful for every new, healthy day I have. It has helped me prioritize my life. ~Olivia Newton-John


Bill Hemmer: "You said cancer changes your life, and oftentimes for the better."
Joel Siegel: "Yes.... Gilda Radner... said this in her book. What cancer does is, it forces you to focus, to prioritize, and you learn what's important. I mean, I don't sweat the small stuff. I used to get angry at cab drivers. It's not worth it.... And when somebody says you have cancer, you realize it's all small stuff. And what Gilda said is, if it weren't for the downside, everyone would want to have it. But there is a downside."
~American Morning, CNN, 13 June 2003


My veins are filled, once a week with a Neapolitan carpet cleaner distilled from the Adriatic and I am as bald as an egg. However I still get around and am mean to cats. ~John Cheever, letter to Philip Roth, 10 May 1982, published in The Letters of John Cheever, 1989, concerning his cancer and its treatment


During chemo, you're more tired than you've ever been. It's like a cloud passing over the sun, and suddenly you're out. You don't know how you'll answer the door when your groceries are delivered. But you also find that you're stronger than you've ever been. You're clear. Your mortality is at optimal distance, not up so close that it obscures everything else, but close enough to give you depth perception. Previously, it has taken you weeks, months, or years to discover the meaning of an experience. Now it's instantaneous. ~Melissa Bank


We "need" cancer because, by the very fact of its incurability, it makes all other diseases, however virulent, not cancer. ~Gilbert Adair, "Under the Sign of Cancer," Myths and Memories, 1986


Women agonize... over cancer; we take as a personal threat the lump in every friend's breast. ~Martha Weinman Lear, Heartsounds


The most important thing in illness is never to lose heart. ~Nikolai Lenin


Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death. ~Author Unknown


Cancer is a journey, but you walk the road alone. There are many places to stop along the way and get nourishment you just have to be willing to take it. ~Emily Hollenberg


Know, then, whatever cheerful and serene
Supports the mind supports the body too.
~John Armstrong


Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. ~Winston Churchill


As your faith is strengthened you will find that there is no longer the need to have a sense of control, that things will flow as they will, and that you will flow with them, to your great delight and benefit. ~Emmanuel


Some days there won't be a song in your heart. Sing anyway. ~Emory Austin


The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. ~C.C. Scott


When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. ~Barbara Bloom


I don't think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains. ~Anne Frank


Never, never, never give up. ~Winston Churchill


Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there. ~Author Unknown


You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. ~Eleanor Roosevelt


The greatest mistake in the treatment of diseases is that there are physicians for the body and physicians for the soul, although the two cannot be separated. ~Plato


We shall draw from the heart of suffering itself the means of inspiration and survival. ~Winston Churchill


Man performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That's how he finds that he can bear anything. ~William Faulkner


If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill


We acquire the strength we have overcome. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next. ~Mignon McLaughlin


One must not forget that recovery is brought about not by the physician, but by the sick man himself. He heals himself, by his own power, exactly as he walks by means of his own power, or eats, or thinks, breathes or sleeps. ~Georg Groddeck, The Book of the It, 1923


The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. ~Edward J. Stieglitz


Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve


Oh, my friend, it's not what they take away from you that counts it's what you do with what you have left. ~Hubert Humphrey


Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson


If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so. ~Eric Bentley


Hope is the physician of each misery. ~Irish Proverb


Hope is grief's best music. ~Author Unknown


There is no hope unmingled with fear, and no fear unmingled with hope. ~Baruch Spinoza


Hope never abandons you, you abandon it. ~George Weinberg


Some see a hopeless end, while others see an endless hope. ~Author Unknown


Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man. ~Victor Hugo


A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. ~Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995


Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book


Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats. ~Voltaire


The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~Scott Hamilton


The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitudes. ~William James


Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you. ~Author Unknown


I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution. ~Wernher von Braun


I've got dreams in hidden places and extra smiles for when I'm blue. ~Author Unknown


I am a little deaf, a little blind, a little impotent, and on top of this are two or three abominable infirmities, but nothing destroys my hope. ~Voltaire


We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails. ~Author Unknown


The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak, became a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong. ~Thomas Carlyle


A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes. ~Hugh Downs


The Kingdom of Heaven is not a place, but a state of mind. ~John Burroughs


Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities always see them, for they're always there. ~Norman Vincent Peale


Physical strength is measured by what we can carry; spiritual by what we can bear. ~Author Unknown


Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads. ~Henry David Thoreau


Toughness is in the soul and spirit, not in muscles. ~Alex Karras


It isn't our position but our disposition which makes us happy. ~Author Unknown


Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you. ~Maori Proverb


Mind is everything. Muscle pieces of rubber. All that I am, I am because of my mind. ~Paavo Nurmi


A cloudy day is no match for a sunny disposition. ~William Arthur Ward


Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith. ~Author Unknown


Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings. ~Victor Hugo


Life without faith in something is too narrow a space to live. ~George Lancaster Spalding


The power of love to change bodies is legendary, built into folklore, common sense, and everyday experience. Love moves the flesh, it pushes matter around.... Throughout history, "tender loving care" has uniformly been recognized as a valuable element in healing. ~Larry Dossey


Disease is somatic; the suffering from it, psychic. ~Martin H. Fischer


Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;... and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man. ~James H. West


Confidence and hope do more good than physic. ~Galen


How sickness enlarges the dimension of a man's self to himself! ~Charles Lamb, Last Essays of Elia


It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body. ~Marcel Proust


There is much in the world to make us afraid. There is much more in our faith to make us unafraid. ~Frederick W. Cropp


To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another. ~Katherine Paterson


He who fears something gives it power over him. ~Moorish Proverb


The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon


Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow. ~Dan Rather


Courage is the power to let go of the familiar. ~Raymond Lindquist


Courage is fear that has said its prayers. ~Dorothy Bernard


Optimism is the foundation of courage. ~Nicholas Murray Butler


Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears. ~Arthur Koestler


Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. ~Jane Howard


In time of test, family is best. ~Burmese Proverb


Remember, we all stumble, every one of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand in hand. ~Emily Kimbrough


When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt


We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey. ~Kenji Miyazawa


Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. ~Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha


He who has a why to live can bear almost any how. ~Friedrich Nietzsche


That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not. ~James K. Feibleman


I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind.
Some come from ahead and some come from behind.
But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see.
Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!
~Dr. Seuss


I got the bill for my surgery. Now I know what those doctors were wearing masks for. ~James H. Boren


A hospital should also have a recovery room adjoining the cashier's office. ~Francis O'Walsh


Disease is war with the laws of our being, and all war, as a great general has said, is hell. ~Lewis G. Janes


When you treat a disease, first treat the mind. ~Chen Jen


'Tis not always in a physician's power to cure the sick; at times the disease is stronger than trained art. ~Ovid


Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker


Drag your thoughts away from your troubles... by the ears, by the heels, or any other way you can manage it. ~Mark Twain


Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained. ~Arthur Somers Roche


Fear can keep us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow. ~Philip Gulley


Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He's going to be up all night anyway. ~Mary C. Crowley



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